Are Feminists and Survivors Finally Benefitting from Speaking Up?

Some good news is headed your way! Feminist protests and all around feminine bad-ass-ness seems to be finally forming some good in the world! In the past, power influence and societal structures have been taken over by males but not for long! There are women leaders of course, but there are a lot fewer than male leaders in the corporate and political world. Males influence in powerful positions looks to be going downhill while equalling the playing field for women and after you read this article, you will see why.

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The Roman Catholic Church is the home of worship to hundreds of thousands Americans across the United States. Catholicism is a faith that is predominantly run by men. The Catholic Church’s dominantly male leadership is spiraling out of control due to mass chaos breaking out over priests previously sexually abusing children, nuns, and parishioners. As sad as these sexual assaults are, this gives men a bad representation socially and religiously. Speaking of sexual abuse, the media gave an overview on past CEO’s and film stars who have been charged with sexual abuse and/or rape. These CEO’S include but are not limited to, Harvey Weinstein, former film producer and co-founder of Miramax, Roger Ailes, former chairman and CEO of fox news, and Les Moonves, former CEO of CBS. A few male film stars that have been hit with these allegations are Kevin Spacey, former actor, producer, and singer, Billy Cosby, former comedian and actor, and Louis C.K., former stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and filmmaker. All of these men have been accused of predatory behavior or sexual abuse and/or rape. All of these men and these accusations have been brought to the public’s attention through the media.

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One year after the #MeToo movement, N.Y. Times has counted 201 powerful men who have lost their job due to public allegations of sexual harassment. John Lasseter, former chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation has been fired and replaced permanently by woman, Jennifer Lee. Former chief news editor at NPR, David Sweeney, resigned and was permanently replaced by woman, Edith Chapin after allegations of sexual harassment by three former coworkers. Charlie Rose, former CBS and TBS television host was fired due to accusations against him for sexual advances by several women. Rose was later permanently replaced by woman, Christiane Amanpour. Abuse has been around for a long time and is nothing new. Luckily, because of the #MeToo movement, women are feeling empowered and willing to call out those who have harassed or abused them. From a feminist point of view, seeing women step up and take these positions of power is very liberating and contagiously inspiring.

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After the Brett Kavanaugh case, it appeared that women had begun to lose hope in America’s justice system. Recent news in the media has allowed women to not give up all hope just yet. R&B star, R. Kelly has finally been charged for sexually abusing young women for over a decade. His bail was set previously set at 1 million dollars. In other news, New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, was recently charged as being apart of an investigation involving prostitution and human trafficking. Although feminists will argue that Brett Kavanaugh did not receive the political punishment he should have, feminists are excited to see justice being served in other cases.

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